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Microsoft's 'Always On' PCs powered by Qualcomm chip to launch soon

23 Febrero 2018, 10:21 | Bibiana Flor



To spare users the understandable fear of migrating from one version of Windows up to another, Microsoft has adopted a new, smarter PR strategy with Windows 10.

In some countries (most notably Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, and Latvia) the Fall Creators Update has in excess of 90 percent market share.

The Qualcomm-powered PCs are Arm devices that also ship with Windows 10 S. This also makes sense because UWP apps can run on ARM devices, such as Windows 10 Mobile phones.

Microsoft has been working on bringing Windows 10 to ARM chipsets for a couple of years now, with the goal of launching affordable portable PCs. So now Microsoft and Qualcomm have 14 partners in total.

The first devices to go on sale will no doubt be the already-announced Asus NovaGo, HP Envy X2 and Lenovo's Miix 630.

If you tend to hesitate to upgrade and prefer to wait until most of the population has done it, do not.

The new supporting carriers include T-Mobile, AT&T, Swisscom, Deutsche Telekom and Transatel.

Windows-on-ARM was seemed like a good way to get Windows to users with low processing power needs, presumably for low prices. Hence, it can be updated regularly with not just only fixes but also with some new features.

Since Windows-on-ARM would enable lightweight designs, remarkable battery life and 'always connected' Windows 10 on ARM, it had been expected that many major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) would be chomping at the bit to begin manufacturing ARM-powered PCs. After a short free trial, you're offered the opportunity to subscribe to Office 365 Home or Personal, a recurring revenue stream of up to $99 a year for Microsoft. In its eyes, as long as it appears to be Windows, then it is Windows, and it doesn't matter what's underneath. Asus' NovoGo also runs Windows 10 on Snapdragon 835, and ranges in price from $599 to $799.

"This list must have been published by accident, as the software giant removed it over the weekend so only cached copies of the information are available", The Verge reported today. "As the foundry partner for the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform, we look forward to our continued collaboration", said Dr. ES Jung, president and general manager, foundry business, Samsung Electronics.

Windows 10 on ARM has some limitations, according to a report by Paul Thurrott, citing a Microsoft publication that apparently was pulled (but it's archived here).

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